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Feb 9, 2011 10:00am EST
by the same party, they get more suspicious. very controversial, when obama's doing it. and perhaps it's something to be expected. perhaps even healthy. >> going to the white house is president obama will sign an extension, so i don't know. the democrats can't really use those, can they? >> i think they can. i think they overplayed their hand a little bit here. on their procedural change to require two-thirds majority. they could have put it up for the regular majority. so now, they feel they've given the democrats a little ammunition. >> what do you think now, pat, and what do you see it meaning going forward with these new tea party members? not just them, but the conservatives who are feeling energized by these new freshmen? >> they are constitutionalists and conservatives. we're about ten years out from 9/11 and their national concern is the national security state. they hold to the view that it's usually their own government that really intrudes upon liberty. they're being consistent with their values and beliefs and i think the republican party has to be aware that there's a lot
MSNBC
Feb 22, 2011 10:00am EST
. generally high marks for the obama administration during what happened in egypt and as that was playing out, former bush defense secretary paul wolf owe wots says he thinks the u.s. should be providing humanitarian aid support, where does this leave the obama administration? >> i think that the obama add minute strigs is where they've been. they're being very caution here to not get out in front of this too much, to sort of allow it time to play out. but i think on this question of humanitarian aid, when you talk to experts they say that's not really what's needed right now. this is a country that has resources. if you wanted to bring in humanitarian aid, the actual challenge here is one of access. it would be virtually impossible to get resources into the country at this moment. so we'll continue to watch it play out. >> alicia, thank you. carl bernstein, rick lazio, thank you. we have a lot more to talk about this morning. >>> i want to check in on wall street where stocks are plunging and oil prices are soaring on this growing unrest in libya. cnbc's becky quick joins me. what's happenin
MSNBC
Feb 7, 2011 10:00am EST
the big game, president obama sat down with bill o'reilly. obama called egypt a changed place, and downplayed concerns of the muslim brotherhood taking power there. they also talked about health care, and political strategy, and then it got personal. >> does it disturb you that so many people hate you? it's a serious question. >> you know, the truth is that the people, and i'm sure previous presidents would say the same thing, whether it was bush or clinton or reagan or anybody, the people who dislike you don't know you. >> but hate you. >> the folks who hate you, they don't know you. >> that's true. >> what they hate is whatever funhouse mirror image of you that's out there. >> joining the company today, as i said, former pennsylvania governor, nbc news political analyst ed rendell. journalist and nbc news contributor karen hunter and the political editor of townhall.com guy benson who is also host of the radio program the guy benson show. karen, i'm wondering what you made of that. you know, when you saw o'reilly and he's and in your face kind of interviewer, i also thought
MSNBC
Feb 7, 2011 11:00am EST
into the lion's den. coming up this hour, president obama meets with the u.s. chamber of commerce. a group that's fought about just about every turn from health care to a financial regular laces. bought both sides hope this meeting will go a long way to smooth things over and lead to a new spirit of cooperation on job creation. so we're watching that. >>> meantime, ford motor company has announced it will increase factory production 13% in the first quarter because of high irdemand for ford and lincoln cars. the automaker says sales rose 27% in january. that increase could mean additional jobs as the company decides to add a third shift to their factory. and the cheeseheads are celebrating in green bay. the survived packers surviving the steelers comeback attempts to hold on for a victory in super bowl xlv. quarterback of the packers aaron rodgers threw for three touchdowns and 304 yards to earn mvp honors. after the game, he talked about playing in brett favre's shadow. >> i've never felt like there's been a monkey on my back. you know, the organization stood behind me, believed in me and that
MSNBC
Feb 11, 2011 11:00am EST
'm very proud of the way this administration and the united states has played this. president obama has been carefully calibrated in having both continuity and change. hosni mubarak was an ally of the united states for a long time and a faithful one. >> hold on one second. we want to get to the square because we have got ron allen, who's in the middle of this huge elation and ron, i can't imagine what you're hearing and seeing there. >> reporter: well, it is just an incredible scene. people cannot contain themselves. this is what freedom looks like, what it sounds like. people are overjoyed. there are flags flying, people dancing. and down this road, there are people pouring into tahrir square at liberation square. this is the moment so many people in this country have dreamed of, have waited for. have been so long denied and there's just an incredible sense of relief, accomplishment, vi victory, jubilation here. it's hard to put into words. just an amazing thing. there are families here. there's a little girl who lost her parents, soldiers waving a flag and that is what people want. th
MSNBC
Feb 15, 2011 10:00am EST
the why behind this and why the congressional caucus and black caucus are upset about president obama's budget proposals as they stand today. >>> now want to turn to this. a massive sex scandal involving italian prime minister silvio berlusconi is taking a major legal step forward. a judge has ordered berlusconi to stand fliel what could be a quick prosecution with no tribunal or preliminary hearings. nbc's peter alexander is following the story live in london. peter? >> reporter: hey, richard, good morning to you. so all this stems from allegations that berlusconi paid for sex with a 17-year-old nightclub dancer and then tried to cover it up. the italian prime minister who, by the way, is 74, has denied doing anything wrong. he calls the charges disgusting and disgraceful. be very clear, today's indictment is the worst of three possible outcomes for berlusconi. really does, as you note, speed up this entire process. a trial is already set for april 6. consider that, just 50 days away. and a panel will consist of three female judges hearing this case. prosecutors allege that berluscon
MSNBC
Feb 1, 2011 11:00am EST
. charlotte has to do with politics. president obama won that state narrowly in twit. 54 trs to 90%. democrats like what they are able to do in their 2008 convention in denver. use that as a tool to win the state of colorado, which they did in 2008. they'll try to end up having repeat that magic come 2012. of course, it won't be easy. north carolina is a state that usually votes republican. it voted democratic in 2008. certainly news that democrats are excited about. republicans will be holding their convention in tampa, florida. back to you, chris. >> thank you very much. republicans are cheering a judge's ruling that president obama's new health care law is unconstitutional. roger vincent decided congress, "overstepped by forcing all americans to buy health insurance." the white house calls the ruling judicial overreach and the justice department will appeal. what does that mean for you? richard lui is here with those details. >> at risk changes that are already in effect. if the law was halted nationally, you would not get a $250 drug cost rebate that is already in effect. expanded coverage
MSNBC
Feb 2, 2011 11:00am EST
. here in the u.s., president obama is sending a message to hosni mubarak that the transition must begin now. american pressure, though, doing nothing to slow the otests. and with about 1600 americans evacuated so far, hundreds more are expected to leave in the coming days. we'll have a live report on that, coming up. >>> of course, the other big story, the worst of the weather is over, but what a wool yop it was. latest snowfall totals in chicago topping 20 inches, making it the fifth largest storm on record there. the city's worst snow day in 12 years. the snow may be done, but what's next? dealing with the freezing cold around the nation, especially in places like dallas where there appears to be no end in sight with bitter temperatures and just four days to go until the super bowl and 54,000 people there without electricity. we'll have much more on that, as well. let's go back to cairo. it is getting increasingly ugly. the violence has been escalating all day long. protesters attacking each other. molitov cocktails being thrown. some of the protesters are bloody from the bricks and s
MSNBC
Feb 14, 2011 10:00am EST
.65 trillion this year. so that in mind, president obama says his new plan will shave more than $1 trillion from the deficit over the next decade. now, two-thirds of his goal would be accomplished with spending cuts and a five-year freeze on many domestic programs. the other one-third of the savings would come from tax increases. that would include limits on tax deductions for the wealthy. so here's some of the major cuts in the budget. discretionary spending which includes dozens of federal programs. that's going to be slashed by about $400 billion. also, pell grants for needy college students will be cut by $100 billion over the next ten years. and then richard, defense spending. that would be decreased by $78 billion. also headed for the chopping block, heating assistance for the poor. also, money for water treatment plants. and then airport grants as well. now, richard, not address in the president's plan or any republican proposal for that matter, tackling social security, also medicare. and then other entitlements, richard, which make up about 60% of the federal budget, richard. >> ye
MSNBC
Feb 4, 2011 11:00am EST
the flavor in there. and, you know, obama, although he said he would be here if the bears got through says now he feels a little love for the steelers, which i just don't think you're allowed to say. i think he's got to be gung ho bears fan or not. >> i might be with you on that one, darren. didn't your mother ever tell you to get out of the cold? come on. thank you, my friend. >> you've got to do your job, you have to do your job. >> thank you, darren. >>> much more on the continuing protests in cairo as nightfalls there. we'll have a live report from richel engle coming up. later, more on the big game sunday. we have a look at ourp how super boel ads, they're more than 30 seconds of airtime. >> these are mini movies that the whole family can look forward to. of course, this year they are bigger, raceyer and funnier. >> raceyer? >> raceyer. and some are on the web because they are too hot to handle for tv. a sneak peek at those commercials because everybody will be talking about them on monday. >> we are not doing it. >> we've got godaddy commercials before. >> yeah, but this is over the
MSNBC
Feb 8, 2011 11:00am EST
money in their hands, is to do things like repair and replace obama care which is going to kill jobs. >> let's keep it to the tax system because i think there's an agreement, robert, there it's a mess. i was pulling out some of my tax forms in fact just last night and it gives me palpatations, just to organize it. is there any political will in washington right now to simplify this? >> yes and no. yes, there's political will at least to have this conversation. but there's no political will as of right now, chris, to actually roll up your sleeps or roll up their sleeves around the conference table to have a real conversation about what's going to be cut. if we're really going to rein in the deficit, we really need to have a conversation about three specific things. first defense, secondly medicare and thirdly social security. if in fact you do not have a real conversation about unfortunately cutting some of those benefits back, we're still going to be in the situation we're in, which is record deficits all across the board. >> and i wonder when you look at those numbers, on a state le
MSNBC
Feb 17, 2011 11:00am EST
of the hospital continuing her recovery at home. she received a call today from president obama who expressed his concern. >> reporter: she was in cairo friday to report on the resignation of hosni mubarak but became separated from her crew. this photo was taken the moment before. a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating. according to the committee, at least 140 reporters were attacked covering the protests in egypt. >> what was unusual about the situation in egypt is the systematic and sustained nature of attacks on journalists. >> reporter: one week before the attack, they were detained by egyptian security forces and endured a long interrogation before expelled from the country. she managed to return. before she went back, she felt compelled to go again. >> it's very hard for me to be away from this story. i feel i failed because i didn't deliver. it's in my blood to be there. >> you don't want them to carry out what's considered a man's job. >> reporter: judith is a journalism expert who worked with logans. attacks against women reporters go unreported. >> they are concerned if they
MSNBC
Feb 8, 2011 10:00am EST
p. >> reporter: many here in egypt believe the obama administration is trying to ease off pressure in egypt. washington is not calling for a rapid regime change and is refusing to endorse the protesters demands that president mubarak immediately step down. life is returning to cairo as egypt is now looking for a way out of this crisis. the new vice president omar suleiman today announced that the government has a schedule and a road map for a peaceful transition from mubarak's regime until the elections next fall. but the protesters don't trust that mubarak will carry out any reforms. they're still camped out in tahrir square. the demonstrators are trying to form a committee to represent them. and they have been inspired by the release yesterday of a blogger and google executive after 12 days of detention. please don't turn me into a hero, he said, i'm an ordinary person, the heroes are in the street. but time may no longer be on the demonstra demonstrator's side. shopkeepers say it mostly just dust off their souvenirs. there are no tourists, no business. egyptians are now divided
MSNBC
Feb 18, 2011 11:00am EST
on the hill. a new crop of governors could be making things very, very difficult for barack obama. >>> and the chaos that has become wisconsin. who's to blame? richard lui tried to sort that out. >> hey, chris. first surplus and weeks later deficit. a quarter of a billion dollars swing. the governors saying that's how bad things are. critics saying he's jiting up support for his cuts. curtis: welcome back to geico radio, it's savings, on the radio. gecko: caller steve, go right ahead. steve: yeah, um, i just got a free rate quote on geico.com, saved a ton, and it only took me 5 minutes and 12 seconds! steve: i was wondering, is that some sort of record? gecko: that's a good question. let's have a look. curtis: mmmm, not quite. someone's got you beat by 8 seconds. gecko: still, i mean, that's... that's quite fast! steve: well, what if i told you i only used one hand? anncr: geico. 15 minutes could save you 15% or more on car insurance. but finding healthy food that tastes good is torturous. your father is suffering. ♪ [ male announcer ] honey nut cheerios cereal tastes great and
MSNBC
Feb 1, 2011 10:00am EST
in favor, two against in the courts, the latest ruling another blow to president obama's health care law. a federal judge ruled monday it's unconstitutional. although that doesn't stop or suspend the law right now, judge roger vincent wrote, "the act, like a defectively designed watch, needs to be redesigned and reconstructed by the watchmaker." republicans are vowing a new push to repeal the law. >>> family of a former white house aide offered a reward in a desperate effort to find out who killed him. >>> the egyptian government may have shut down the internet that. didn't stop millions in egypt from communicating. >>> richard lui, fascinating. >> activists in egypt have a new tool to get the word out to the world courtesy of not google or twitter, but a handful of companies working together.ate l % at lendingtree.com, where customers save an average of $293 a month. call lendingtree today. prepare to be twisted, licked, and dunked. get 'em boys! ♪ ♪ [ all slurping ] [ whistle blows ] winner! come on ref! mcenroe?! mcenroe?! mcenroe?! i thought you retired? this isn't the end! ♪ a
MSNBC
Feb 17, 2011 10:00am EST
think people have been stunned by what is the domino effect here. jamie, president obama seemed to get across the board good marks for handling egypt. what does he do now? >> i think the best response of the obama administration and of president obama himself is the common sense cautiousness. let's wait and see. it's a direct quote. wait and see what happens. we have been quick on the ground, those of us not on the ground through our prison m of revolution and democracy. that means complete change. in egypt, they toppled a 30-year dictator, we have not seen constitutional change. we are seeing response on the part of khadafi in bahrain today on the part of the royalists and their military to respond, having seen what happened in egypt with crushing as we heard nick report. we need to wait and see what's going to happen. it may not, in fact, be democracy. we are seeing instability. it's a direct concern for u.s. interest in the middle east. >> i just jump in there. that is the challenge for the white house. they want to proceed with the common sense caution, but if you see regimes bruta
MSNBC
Feb 2, 2011 10:00am EST
's not going to leave the country. president obama urged an even quicker transition. let's go to brian williams and richard engle live in cairo. gentlemen, you've been watching all of this enfold. give us a sense about how this has been changing and developing over the last several hours today. >> chris, if you just tossed to us, we can only see that we're on. what i heard of what you were saying pretty much sums up what is happening. the square has been known for days as a unified district under sole control of the anti-mubarak demonstrators. that can't be stayed any more of the square today. it's now home to two camps and they are clashing the egyptian army. they've been sitting around the tanks peacefully. they have taken something of refuge in the gate at the museum, in the shot that we've been looking at. sticks, stones. we watch these pro mubarak protesters come in on horses and camels. they went past our location. and minutes later, we were able to see them meet up with and clash with the anti-mubarak demonstrators. still, if you had to do the math and the numbers in this city, the anti
MSNBC
Feb 9, 2011 11:00am EST
obama is opening up his private dining room, a closed door lunch with three politicians with whom he hasn't always seen eye to eye. will a food fight be avoided? >>> and later, a bright idea many americans have come up with to deal with the new law. richard lui shining a light on this story. >> it's the battle of the budge. the old school versus the new school. what's causing people to horde light pull bs. [ female announcer ] sometimes you need tomorrow to finish what you started today. for the aches and sleeplessness in between, there's motrin pm. no other medicine, not even advil pm, is more effective for pain and sleeplessness. motrin pm. is more effective for pain and sleeplessness. investors are demanding more for their money. good. this time, i'm watching fees like a hawk. i hate hidden fees. why should i have to pay for something that i shouldn't have to pay for? td ameritrade's pricing is clear and it's straightforward... it's spelled out upfront. no hidden fees... no bait and switch. no gotchas. and there's one flat rate for online equity trades... for big accounts... or sm
MSNBC
Feb 25, 2011 10:00am EST
of the obama administration for not stepping up publicly, i think privately that's precisely what's going on behind-the-scenes. >>> casey what do you know about what's going on behind-the-scenes. we talk about strategic interests. let's talk about the price of oil. possible economic impact on the united states. and also, again, what's going on on the ground, the threat of chemical weapons? what's the equation now for the obama administration after waiting four days for the president to come out and condemn this violence. >> sure. one thing that's different here than egypt or some of the other ongoing unrest across the middle east the obama administration or obama has not spoken directly with gadhafi yet. that speaks to some of the points that richard made in his piece about gadhafi maybe not being the kind of predictable leader the way some of these other guys are. his actions border on the unexplainable. i'm not sure what that's going to end up saying about his mental state down the line. for the obama administration that's going to be a really key point. what you said about the price of
MSNBC
Feb 11, 2011 10:00am EST
. >> thank you, watching the reaction there coming from president obama. now to journalist and best-selling author, carl bernstein and william cohen, thank you for joining us. carl, the statement coming from the president, perhaps the most strong so far. do you think it was too much or right on? >> which president? that's the first thing. our president? >> yeah. >> i think he wants to embrace this movement as i wrote in a piece in "the daily beast" on sunday, what we're seeing now is what the united states had hoped was going to happen. that we how ohe would go, be is there would be a transition to his vice president. but we are trying to embrace this movement and at the same time, remember that egypt is the key to peace in the middle east and we want a stable transition and this is one of the great revolutions in modern history and we want to be on the side of it. >> carl, you bring up a good point. there's the fine line the administration has to walk here. secretary cohen, have they been able to do that well when talking about the white house? >> i think president obama is handlin
MSNBC
Feb 25, 2011 11:00am EST
in addition to all the stuff i mentioned you need an ego. you said you think you can beat barack obama. why would you go into this if you didn't think you could win. why do you think that? >> i think that if there was the opportunity for people to hear two candidates, both of whom would be civil but yet very pointed in the differences that they had towards the role of government, america's place in the world, how we should deal with terrorists, how we should deal with our border, how we should deal with the health care system. there's going to be a very sharp contrast between barack obama and mike huckabee. at the same time it won't be nasty, name calling questioning each other's character and religion kind of experience. >> let me stop you there. on the very first page of your book you write if you're coming to this book to read criticism of barack obama or washington you need go somewhere else on the book shelf. can a nice guy win the presidency? because we all talk about how we don't like attack ad, we don't like our candidates to be mean and yet we also know it's effective. >> it is eff
MSNBC
Feb 28, 2011 10:00am EST
morning. i'm richard lui filling in for kim jansing today. >>> president obama will ask state governors questions in about an hour. he hosted a swanky black tie dinner last night. he may need to butter them up. collectively they have facing a 175 billion short jaul the next two years. these governors are closely watching the battle raging in wisconsin between the governors and the unions there. republican scott walker says a bill to cut pensions is necessary for the health of his state but clamps out collective bargaining and workers argue that is union busting. well, msnbc political analyst richard wolf is at the white house. richard, last night, he said he wanted their ideas. is that what he hopes to get done today? >> reporter: he wants that support and their cooperation as they try to work with the republican congress. remember, these republican governors and there are more of them this last year are helpful, at least in the white house's hope in terms of pushing opinion in the republican house, especially on some of the things the republican governors care about which is filling th
MSNBC
Feb 3, 2011 10:00am EST
departure day, the deadline protestors set for mubarak to leave office. president obama spoke about the crisis one hour ago. >> we are mindful of the violence we are now seeing in the middle east. we pray that the violence in egypt will end and that the rights andes a prayings of the egyptian people will be realized. and that a better day will dawn over egypt and throughout the world. >> this morning, egypt's prime minister held a news conference with a rare apology for the violence. he admitted it was likely organized and then promised to investigate who is behind it. i want to bring in nicholas kristof of the "new york times." tell us what you've been seeing over the last couple of hours? >> there is indeed this crackdown on journalists. there does seem to be an effort to prevent the story from getting out. that always makes you concerned about what it is they do not want covered. there is also a broad, seems to be a broad effort to limit access to the square and to tighten control around cairo generally. >> does that effort seem to be working? are they able to keep people away as
MSNBC
Feb 16, 2011 10:00am EST
." >>> congresswoman michele bachmann going after first lady michelle obama over breast-feeding? >>> and are prisoners able to steal while locked away? from the government no less. richard lui is trying to figure that one out. >> yeah, put in the slammer for stealing thousands of jail birds are able to bilk uncle sam of millions of dollars every year. how easily they do it, i'll show you. >>> just getting word from governor scott in florida that he is rejecting high-speed u.s. rail funds. he said that he'll give back the $2 billion to the federal government because, frankly, the state doesn't have the other 3 billion that they would have to kick in. he's not the first one to push back on this. republican governors in ohio and wisconsin have also rejected high-speed rail plans. you'll remember from the state of the union that this was a priority for president obama. >>> meantime, a dire warning coming from defense secretary robert gates this morning. he is testifying now on capitol hill about the cuts to the defense budget. in his prepared remarks, he's telling the armed services committee, "shortsight
MSNBC
Feb 24, 2011 11:00am EST
with critical injuries. >>> and president obama tested from all sides. libya just the late nest a series of events putting his leadership under the spotlight. is he balances everything the way he should. >>> later richard comes back to look at the good and bad of these economic times. hey, richard. >> hey there, chris. underwear and lattes. what these two tell us about the economy that the stock market may not. co really save you 15% or more on car insurance? host: what, do you live under a rock? man: no way! man: hey rick check this out! anncr: geico. 15 minutes could save 15% or more on car insurance. and here's what we did today: we put almost three million americans to work... ...adding nearly 400 billion dollars to the economy. generated over two and a half million kilowatts of electricity... ...enough energy to power a quarter of america. we gave your kids a cleaner ride to school. kept the lights on during a calm day at the wind farm. heated 57 million u.s. homes. simmered grandma's chicken noodle soup. melted tons of recycled glass. roasted millions of coffee beans. provided elec
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Feb 3, 2011 11:00am EST
out they should get out now. there have been huge evacuations of united nations staff. president obama is at the white house right now. here is what he said at a prayer breakfast this morning about egypt. >> we are also mindful of the violence that we are now seeing in the middle east. we pray the violence in egypt will end and the rights and aspirations of the people of egypt will be realized and a better day will dawn over egypt. and throughout the world. >> nbc's mike viqueira is live at the white house for us. you heard what ron allen has to say. this isn't a situation you can predict over the next hour, let alone the next 24 hours. give us a sense of what's going on in the west wing. >> robert gibbs, the white house spokesman yesterday freely admitting to a certain extent in the west wing they are watching along with the rest of us. no one knows how this will turn out. the president is winging his way across air force one at state college, pennsylvania, with an event to illustrate a challenge the president faces. it wasn't only less than a week and a half ago he delivered the stat
MSNBC
Feb 10, 2011 10:00am EST
we see a change in what's happening in egypt. then on wednesday, president obama spoke to the saudi king with the situation in egypt. we're just learning about a heated exchange between the two leaders just days after those riots erupted. the british report saying the saudi king warned president obama not to humiliate the president, president mubarak, there in egypt. the saudi king also reportedly threatened to bankroll egypt if the u.s. pulled its $1.5 billion in annual aid. we continue to watch what's happening there. >>> democratic senator jim webb of virginia announcing he will not seek re-election in 2012. veronica de la cruz is watching this. why is this bad for democrats? >> good morning to you. it doesn't end with webb's announcement. earlier this week, representative jane harmon, a blue dog democrat, also announced her resignation. moderate members of the party are leaving the hill and it will surely have a big impact on the balance of power, richard. >> thanks, veronica, looking forward to that. >>> dangerous cold is gripping the south. two people died in weather-related c
MSNBC
Feb 18, 2011 10:00am EST
't very good. on the national level it presents problems and potentials for both sides too. barack obama, the labor unions are a huge part of his base. he doesn't want to isolate them. on the other hand, by supporting the unions he could really rally the base that sometimes hasn't always meshed with his policies. going back to what i said earlier, barack obama because he tries to be a centrist doesn't want to be the president of big labor unions recognizing he needs their support. red meat for republicans, traditionally not big fans of labor unions. it's really about how they walk this line and the optic and image of this event that will sort of decide who in the end kind of -- who in the end wins politically on this issue. >> we'll see how the american people do as well. patrick, brendan, elyse, you'll stick around. thank you for that. >>> also we want to talk about the protests elsewhere. the wave of revolution continuing to sweep across the greater middle east. from libya where as many as two dozen people have been killed over the past two days, to bahrain, where thousands of people t
MSNBC
Feb 21, 2011 10:00am EST
in a few minutes. >>> president obama was briefed about the situation in qulaib and right now analysts are going over moammar gadhafi's son's speech. warning if his father is deposed it could lead to civil war. meanwhile, those protesters are sbrath in the street, claiming control of benghazi, the country's second largest city. the fighting and protests have turned blood write there. nbc news did not shoot this video. they did not confirm its authenticity. but it is coming from social media sites, which we know has driven so much of this change in the middle east. smoke and flames have been rising from a police station. more than 200 people are dead since this uprising started. >>> and the wave of revolution continues to spread. protests have erupted for the first time in morocco. the north african country that gets a lot of american tourists. and again, in strategically critical tunisia. demonstrators are still demanding change in iran and bahrain as well. nbc's athena jones is at the white house for us. and athena, let's talk about libya. is the president getting any indication that
MSNBC
Feb 4, 2011 10:00am EST
in the country. that's what we happen to be doing. >> there are reports that the obama administration and president obama personally is disappointed that the intelligence community didn't see this coming. yesterday, there was a top cia official, someone who has been nominated for the number two intelligence position grilledly senators about what the white house knew, when they knew it might be coming. let me play that. >> i'm afraid i'm not going to be able to satisfy your specific question. my duties involved a more general understanding of the debates that were going on and that the face-to-face briefing of the president over the past year. >> you were told yesterday i was going to ask this question, weren't you? >> not in this detail, sir. >> should we, general, have seen this coming? >> you know with, this is the typical washington dance now going on. nobody with eight brain cells didn't realize we were back ago corrupt and competent dictatorship propped up by the egyptian military which i might add was helpful. our primary foreign policy goal was peace and stability in the middle
MSNBC
Feb 22, 2011 11:00am EST
are minutes away from president obama. he's in ohio this morning, pushing proposals to drive innovation and boost the economy. he's attending a forum with more than 100 small business leaders at cleveland state university. the white house says he has never traveled with so many members of his cabinet, including treasury secretary geithner, commerce secretary locke, the labor secretary, energy secretary. we're going to have that for you when it happens. keep it here. >>> just minutes away from the president taking that podium. cleveland, ohio, small business forum there for about 100 business leaders. also in ohio, huge protests expected from cleveland to columbus in support of unions. state lawmakers there are considering a bill a lot like the one in wisconsin that takes away collective bargaining rights. cnbc's aimen is live in columbus, ohio. here's the question, is ohio the next wiswisconsin, amen? >> well, we don't have any runaway lawmakers here as we saw in wisconsin where democrats are still on the lam and refusing to vote on the controversyial measure that would ban state employ
MSNBC
Feb 21, 2011 11:00am EST
tell the "new yorker" that the obama administration has entered into "direct secret talks" with senior afghan taliban leaders. the first time that's happened no n. more than a decade. i'm joined by msnbc terrorism analyst roger cressie. good morning, roger. >> good morning, chris. >> the "new yorker" says these talks are continuing, they're of an exploratory nature, they don't call them a peace negotiation. big picture, then. what does the u.s. hope to accomplish with this? >> well, chris, it's a recognition that you're not going to end this conflict purely via the military, that the taliban are a reality of afghan life, they're a reality of afghan life once the u.s. ultimately withdraws its military force. so it's trying to identify whether or not the taliban at the strategic level are willing to sit down and talk with both the afghan government, led by president karzai, with the united states acting in some sort of broker role. and i think it's the right thing to do because it reflects the success we've had on the ground tactically since the surge has started but also a willingness o
MSNBC
Feb 23, 2011 10:00am EST
. it's not just egyptians, americans as well. the obama administration in a difficult place. scared that if they criticize gadhafi too publicly and too strongly that americans that are trapped in libya right now, their safety will be at risk. so you see not just the united states but other countries as well trying to get boats in, trying to fly planes in and all of that in large part depends on whether or not the libyan government will cooperate and gadhafi, many people will tell you, is unpredictable. chris? >> all right. thank you, stephanie. the crisis in libya has huge implications for your bottom line. the price of oil surging 8.5% to a 2 1/2-year high yesterday. that could mean not just paying more to fill your gas tank but also airline tickets and everything from consumer goods of food and clothes. potential for rising energy costs and accelerated inflation made investors nervous yesterday. your 401(k) and the stock market took a big hit. the dow lost 178 points. that's the biggest drop in since november. the dow down again this morning in early trading. 37 points. s&p and na
MSNBC
Feb 10, 2011 11:00am EST
there, ambassador. this as we watch live pictures of president obama not walking down the stairs, but running towards the crowd, as he has just arrived in michigan. of course just receiving this information within the last hour, hour and a half, of the announcement that president mubarak of egypt will be coming to the microphones tonight to make that announcement. egyptian tv saying they will be covering that. the reaction from president obama at the moment seems to be that of haste, yet still taking time to stop by and speak with some of the onlookers there as air force one has stepped down. so this as we watch what is happening today. all right. let's get back to ambassador ginsburg. ambassador ginsburg, the president in haste as he's coming down from air force one but still stopping by to say hello to some of the onlookers. what should he do next? >> i think the most important thing is for he and the administration to reassure our other arab allies as well as israel that the consequences of what's taking place in egypt is not going to lead as far as the united states is concer
MSNBC
Feb 14, 2011 11:00am EST
moments ago president obama unveiled his $3.7 trillion spending plan. basically what he's trying to do is slash the federal deficit by more than $1 trillion over the course of the next decade with deep spending cuts as well as some tax increases. now, i'm joined by steve moore, senior economics writer for "the wall street journal." and steve, thanks for joining us today. the budget director was saying that there is no more low-hanging fruit to cut here. that they are going to have to go for the entitlements. are there any more low-hanging fruit? >> well, one thing's for sure, there are no cuts in entitlements. this is the thing i was kind of worried about. it's only been out a half an hour, but i read through the summary proposals. and what really struck me was the big three boulders of the budget that everybody's been talking about. medicare, medicaid and social security. there are no cuts whatsoever. and so remember that old wendy's commercial, "where's the beef?" i think that's been the reaction of the budget so far. >> so if you were the president in this case, since you brought up
MSNBC
Feb 16, 2011 11:00am EST
that obama is talking about in terms of investing in things like high-speed trains, innovation, technology, even health care. you can't do anything any of those things, you can't make america more competitive if we're spending more and more in terms of income transfers. we've got to address social security, medicare and medicaid, which are also by the way overwhelming the states. the states, they're awash in red ink because of federal mandates and largely social security. >> the state employees there are worried about their jobs. if you listen to john boehner, so should maybe federal employees. let me play for you a little clip about john boehner saying the possibility of of federal workers losing their jobs. >> over the last two yeerz since president obama has taken office, the federal government has added 200,000 new federal jobs. and if some of those jobs are lost in this, so be it. >> so be it? it sounds harsh. >> it sounds harsh. we're only spending two-thirds -- paying for two-thirds of the spending light now. that means 1 out of every $3 the federal government is knit kmiting and sp
MSNBC
Feb 23, 2011 11:00am EST
in more than 50% of the vote to secure the position without a runoff. his former boss, president obama, congratulate emanuel on his win. >>> apple is expected to launch the next generation ipad at an event in san francisco on march 2nd. there is speculation that the apple founder steve jobs who has been on medical leave may even make an appearance at that event. the new apple ipad is expected to go on sale a month after that. sometime in april. singer rihanna in hot water with the donald. access hollywood is reporting that trump was less than pleased that the pop star skipped his fund-raiser but then made an appearance at the nba all-star game. rihanna's rep told reporters she was recovering from bronchitis and doctors advised her against air travel. >>> an impersonator of honest abe was surprised to learn that his day job was illegal. >> a nation of the people by the people and for the people. >> 6'4" performer received a citation after reciting that famous 1863 speech. he did it he lincoln memorial on president's day passed the basket for donations and that's considered illegal vendi
MSNBC
Feb 24, 2011 10:00am EST
libya, president obama did not announce sanctions but said nothing is off the table. >> the suffering and bloodshed is outrageous, and it is unacceptable. so are threats and orders to shoot peaceful protesters and further punish the people of libya. these actions violate international norms and every standard of common decency. this violence must stop. >> live in egypt along the libyan border, thousands have been fleeing the kun. good morning. what's the latest from there, stephanie? >> reporter: well, chris, gadhafi finished the statement, live to state tv over the telephone. remember, his last statement was actually taped and we saw him, this was an over the phone, speaking to the correspondent at state tv, and, really, the statement was directed towards the people of a town which is about 30 miles west of tripoli. there is a group there, an opposition group, that says they now have control of that city. if that is the case, it's the closest city to the capital of tripoli, claimed by rebel groups. as you mentioned, gadhafi had a litany of reasons why that city was rising up in oppos
MSNBC
Feb 15, 2011 11:00am EST
's an obama plan out there, if it's because democrats and republicans are dedicated to tackling this issue in a serious way. we've been specific on how to stabilize the budget, to make sure we're not adding additional debt by 2015, and then let's together, democrats and republican, tackle these long-term problems in a way that i think will ensure our fiscal health and at the same time ensure that we're making investments in the future. [ inaudible ] >> we're going to be in discussions over the next several months. i mean, this is going to be a negotiation process. and the key thing that i think the american people want to see is that all sides are serious about it. and all sides are willing to give a little bit. and that there's a genuine spirit of compromise as opposed to people being interested in scoring political points. now we did that in december, during the lame duck, on the tax cut issue. both sides had to give. and yeah, there were folks in my party who were not happy, and there were folks in the republican party who were not happy. and my suspicion is is that we're going to be ab
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